What’s In It For Me?
“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep need meet.” Frederick Buechner
“What’s In It For Me?” (WIIFM) is known in marketing as the fundamental question to be answered by the offerer of a product. On the surface this seems to be a very selfish question (and it certainly can be), but the fact is God has created us with the capacity to desire. And it seems to me that to desire something is a way of asking “What’s in it for me?” Where we go wrong is in trying to have our deep desires met outside of God and His provisions. Anyway, that’s another blog. My point is that the thing I’m offering or trying to “sell” you is knowing and stepping into your Kingdom Assignment. Are there benefits, or am I guilting you into grudgingly taking on a job you really don’t want to do?
Short answer: yes, there are benefits. Benefits that will improve your life and bring you peace and joy. Here’s the caveat: I’m assuming that you’ve already confirmed that your deepest desire is to be in the center of God’s will, to know Him and to serve Him. Given that to be true here are three benefits to knowing your Kingdom Assignment.
Freedom From Comparison
Freedom From Overwhelm
Freedom From Fruitlessness
Stop With the Comparison!
To know that God designed you to be a unique expression of His creativity with your own specific calling frees you from looking at your sister and feeling either pride (because you’re doing so much more important work than she is) or inferiority (because what you’re doing isn’t as important as what she’s doing). If I’m being diligent to be who God made me to be and to do what God made me to do, it is enough. It amazes me how some of my sisters in Christ can jump in to service at a moment’s notice when someone has a need, and knows exactly what to do and how to do it. It leaves my head spinning with admiration! Some of them are amazed that I can speak in front of people without knees knocking. We can glory in each other’s assignments!
Enough With the Busyness!
Can we admit women are just tired most of the time? Everybody seems to be spinning a hundred plates at the same time. Knowing your Kingdom Assignment can help you to slow down because you won’t be spreading yourself thin in areas you’re not designed to function in. You don’t have to be burnt trying to do everything single thing. Bonus: When you know your Kingdom Assignment, it helps you to see all of the areas of your life with fresh eyes. From decorating your home to spending time with your kiddos or grandkiddos, you can always release God’s nature through your design and purpose.
Bring On the Fruit!
You really want to glorify God? Listen to Jesus:
“By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” (John 15:8)
“…I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit…” (John 15:16)
That sounds a lot like the Great Commission, the Great Assignment from which each of our individual Kingdom Assignments flow. Knowing your Kingdom Assignment gives you intentionality in pursuing fruit for the Lord. And He will be gloriously glorified!
So I challenge you to look back over these blog posts since January ’23. Get clarity on your design, your purpose statement, your tribe, and your mountain to claim. There’s a lot in it for you! Starting with the next post, I’ll be digging in to how to live out your Kingdom Assignment each day of your life.
Until next time, love and wisdom to you from Jesus Christ our Lord!